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Hair on the Chatty Cathy Doll
American & Canadian
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The American Chatty Cathy dolls are rooted all over their heads.  They come in Blonde, Brunette and Redhead "Auburn".   Note:  I have never seen an American bob or Paige boy with red hair but I am told they were made. 

Bob hair cuts are rooted all over the head having a top center part. It can be very short or rather long sometimes going down 1 or 2 inches passed the shoulder in the back.   The rooting can stop just before the bangs start or can go all the way to the front of the head.  The hair has a layered cut and also has a top tuff of hair that can go all the way down to the back of the neck or stop in the middle of the head or be even shorter than that.

The Paige boy hair cut is rooted all over the head having a center part.  The hair is all one length and can be short or shoulder length hair.  It also has a center rooting at the top of the head.  The rooting can stop just before the bangs start or can go all the way to the front of the head. There is no top center extra tuff of hair.  The hair is not layers it is cut even at the bottom of the chin or as long as the shoulders and I have seen it even longer. 

The pigtail doll is rooted all over the head having a center rooting that can start at the very front of the head or start just back behind the bangs and that center part will go all the way back to the bottom middle of the neck.  The hair can be very long going past the middle of the back or can go slightly pass the back bottom of the arm pit.  Anything less than that would mean the hair has been cut.  The hair is cut not in layers like the bob.  This is hard to explain but I will do the best I can.  Say you put your hair in pigtails but your hair is so thick that it looks goofy because that pigtail has just too much hair.  So the hair was taken from the top and sided of the pigtail and cut off.  So when you take the pigtail out there will almost be a back center V shape to the back of the hair.  Also I have seen the hair only cut on top leaving the back very long with no V.

Also that back center part of the pigtail doll (all parts are like this) but the back center part of the pigtail doll is where this is most important.  The hair has a crisscross weave, meaning the left side of the hair going right and the right going left.  If you take out that weave there will be a center spot with no hair.   You can see in the back of some pigtail dolls where that weave has come out from brushing the hair down too much.  When bushing a pigtail doll make sure you brush that hair to the left or right and never straight down.  That way you will make sure you protect that weave from coming undone.  It can be put back but if the whole thing is undone it will take you a day getting it back. So just stay away from it. 

Some of the dolls will also have side parts coming from the hair being sewn on crooked.  That is not a big deal at all, in fact that is part of what makes these dolls so different from one another.  If you want a perfect part and perfect eyes and perfect limbs then I would suggest you don't buy a Chatty Cathy.  There are no two Chatty Cathy dolls that are exactly the same.   All these little things are what makes this doll so different from one another just like little people.

Canadian dolls: First of all,...All Canadian Dolls have soft heads, if your dolls head is not soft, then she is not an Canadian Doll, she is a Hard Head American. 

The Canadian bob doll has the same rooting pattern as the American bob mentioned above. 

I have never seen a Paige boy in a Canadian doll, I do not believe they were ever made but I could be wrong.

The Canadian pigtail doll is not rooted all over the head.    It is only rooted around the outside of the skull and then one long rooting that starts at the top front middle front and goes all the way back down to the middle of the top of the back of the neck, leaving two bald spots that are in the shape of a half moon.  Seeing pictures of her hair will better explain.  Scroll down she is at the bottom of this page. 

As for the color and texture of the hair.  The blondes can have a white to strawberry blonde.  They can also be two toned or even 3 different colors on one head.  The brunettes the same way.  The redheads to but they seem to have more of one color.  All  the hair colors very from doll to doll.  The black dolls have black hair and I have seen that same black hair on pigtail dolls.  Also the Canadian dolls hair is a bit corser. ...
See Many Picture Below

PS: (below) is a email I wrote to a lady trying to explain why some of these dolls are called Paige Boy and some called Bobs.  It might help to better understand the name of the hair cut is all.

Years ago in the Chatty Cathy world there was some confusion on theses dolls as being called bobs or Paige boy dolls.  Even the spelling was in question.  Page-boy or Paige boy.... and if you look it up you get all kinds of answers from short to shoulder length to layered hair cuts.

Buster Brown had a Paige boy hair cut and the "page-boy" was just that, a boy that did errands for people.  And the name "Bob" is a boys name.

Anyway to stop all the confusion it came to be that all hard head short hair dolls are called Paige boy dolls and all soft head short haired dolls are called bobs. 

The way the hair is cut doesn't seem to make a difference and if you look it up there are so many ways the hair can be cut for either a Paige boy or Bob both being called Paige boy, Page-boy or Bob you cannot tell the difference. 

But the shoulder length hair cuts where the hair is even all the way around the head are called Paige boy because most “hard head short haired” dolls have this style, that is why all of them became Paige boy dolls.  The shorter haired dolls with the hair cut all the same length “soft head short haired” are called Bobs because most of those dolls came that way.    But both the hard head and soft head dolls can have either the shoulder length hair (Paige boy) or the same length hair (Bobs).    But really it is anyone's guess on the name of the hair cut.  Have A Good Day Dolly
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American Doll (Below)
Chatty Cathy Blonde Bob American Doll (Above)
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Chatty Cathy Brunette Bob American Doll (Above)
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Chatty Cathy Blonde Pigtail American Doll (Above) Also see that center part and how the weeve has come undone so now part of her scalp is showing.  Mattel made the center weave by criss crossing one side of the hair with the other.  in order to get thatr center part.  Buand 9 times out of 10 after theese 50 years that weave is still in good shape but on some dolls where the hair has been combed a lot that cener weave has come un-done and as a resulte you get a part that looks like the part in the picture abouve.  You can re-weave it but it does take time, a lot of time.  Plus when you go buy this doll most people don't even know what it is suppose to look like so they sell the doll this way and when you get her home you are going to spend hours re-weaving it.  So if this is something that is going to bother you ask before you buy.   The weave should look like the ones below on the back of the head of the brunette and redhead
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Chatty Cathy Brunette Pigtail American Doll (Above)
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Chatty Cathy Redhead "Auburn" Pigtail American Doll (Above)
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Chatty Cathy Brunette Paige Boy Also Came With Blonde Hair American Doll (Above)
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Chatty Cathy Brunette Paige Boy Also Came With Blonde Hair American Doll (Above)
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Chatty Cathy Black Paige Boy, Black Hair.
American Doll (Above)
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(above) American Chaty Cathy Dolls With Paige Boy Hair Cuts.  These are the only 3 dolls that come with Paige Boy Hair Cuts all three are American Hard Head dolls. Brunette, Blonde and Black Hair.   There are no Redheads with Paige Boy Hair Cuts and one Redhead with short hair and she is a Canadian Bob Soft Head.
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1998 Chatty Cathy Blonde "Remake" Short Hair (above) also comes with longer hair.
The 1998 Christmas Chatty (not pictured) comes with black hair and a black scalp.
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The top picture left is to show the rooting.  That is a pigtail doll showing the rooting is all over the head. 

The top right picture is of a blonde, brunette and redhead pigtail along with a bob.  It's to show the hair color plus to show you the same colors were put on the bobs. 

The bottom right picture is just to show color.
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These three pictures (two below and the one to your right)  are to show you that looking at a pictures alone can not tell you what shade other than it's a blonde, brunette or redhead.   All three are of the same doll taken with a flash on and off more than once to show you how the color can change just by taking pictures over and over again using the same camera.  With the heads in the same spot and all taken at the same time of day.  See how different the color looks?  So if you buy a doll and when she gets there you go "wait her hair wasn't this color"... well it was.  No one can get a perfect color picture of the hair.   Even the seasoned collector will be confused when it comes to the color of the hair.  By the way the same thing goes for the color of the brows, freckles and lips.  Cameras just cannot get the true color to show on everyone's computer the same.  It's impossible.
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Canadian Dolls Below
Chatty CathyBlonde Bob  Canadian Doll (Above)
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Chatty Cathy Brunette Bob  Canadian Doll (Right)

Also this doll does not have that center top tuff of hair.  I have seen 4 or 5 of them now that do not have that tuff and I do not believe it was cut off, it was never there in the first place.
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Chatty Cathy Redhead "Auburn" Bob  Canadian Doll (Above)
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Chatty Cathy Blonde, Brunette and Redhead (Auburn)
Pigtail Canadian Doll (3 Above pictures)
Showing the bald area on the top and back of the head.  This is only seen in the Canadian dolls.  All pigtail Canadian dolls have this rooting pattern, if your doll doesn't have this then she is not a Canadian doll.

Also some of the soft face American blonde pigtail dolls have a rooting pattern that is very spaced out, meaning there can be a 1/2 inch to an inch of scalp that is not rooted.  This is common and it doesn't mean she is a Canadian doll.  The back of the head should look like the pictures above if she is a Canadian pigtail doll.
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